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Xenos™ 



Radio /hack 

A DIVISION OF TANDY 
CORPORATION 



TRSDOS™ Operating System: 

©1981, Tandy Corporation 

All Rights Reserved. 

Xenos™ Program: 

©1982, Robert Arnstein Corporation 

Licensed to Tandy Corporation 

All Rights Reserved, 

Xenos™ Program Manual: 

©1982, Tandy Corporation 

All Rights Reserved. 

Reproduction or use, without express written permission from Tandy 
Corporation, of any portion of this manual is prohibited. While 
reasonable efforts have been taken in the preparation of this manual 
to assure its accuracy, Tandy Corporation assumes no liability 
resulting from any errors or omissions in this manual, or from the use 
of the information contained herein. 

Please refer to the Software License on the back cover of this manual 
for limitations on use and reproduction of this Software package. 

10 987654321 



Table of Contents 

Introduction 1 

System Requirements 3 

Backing Up Disks 3 

Loading Instructions 5 

Saving a Game 7 

Returning to a Previous Game 9 

Helpful Hints 9 

Appendix A - How to Backup a Diskette 11 

Model I Single Drive Systems 11 

Model I Multi-Drive Systems 13 

Model III Single Drive Systems 14 

Model III Multi-Drive Systems 16 

Appendix B - How to Format a Data Diskette 17 

Model I Multi-Drive Systems 17 

Model III Single Drive Systems 18 

Model III Multi-Drive Systems 19 



Introduction 

3:08 a.m.-RRRRIIIINNNNGGGG! At first, you bury your head under the pillow, 
hoping it will go away. But no . . . RRRR1111NNNNGGGG! ! ! There it is again. What 
idiot could possibly be calling at this unholy hour? 

You search your nightstand in the dark, clumsily grabbing the receiver. "Yeah?" you 
mumble at this nuisance of a machine, hoping to convey extreme crankiness and 
anger. "Dr. Sands?" the voice at the other end of the wire asks. 

"Nah, it's Mary Poppins. Of course it's Dr. Sands! Who is this and what do you want?" 

"Dr. Sands, it's General Thatcher, U.S. Air Force, at the Pentagon. Sorry to wake you, 
but 1 have an urgent situation here." The general's voice sounds close to panic. 

"Oh yeah? What happened? Somebody push the button by mistake again? Don't 
worry. Just tell them to unplug the blasted computer. The missiles won't launch for at 
least another five minutes. You're safe till then." You're ready to hang up and get back 
to sleep, but the general won't let you. 

"Dr. Sands, I'm trying to be serious. We have a major incident on our hands!" 

Before you have time to say another word, the general is spilling out his tale of woe. 
He tells you of the sighting made yesterday by one of his top pilots . . . first the flash, 
then the strange glow coming from the canyon just outside of Purgatory, New Mexico 
. . . the Air Force investigators who were sent in . . . the lone survivor who managed to 
get out, though not with his sanity. 

Somehow, they've managed to convince themselves that you're the only one who can 
help them out. Before you hang up, visions of immortal fame, riches beyond compare, 
a made-for-TV movie, and a ticker-tape parade in New York are reeling through your 
mind. This is it. Your big chance to be a hero! 

3:57 a.m. -You trip over the cat on your way out the garage door to speed to the 
airport, where a USAF jet is waiting to wing you to New Mexico. By now, you've had 
a little time to think. Could it be a radioactive meteor? Could it perhaps be a bonafide 
UFO? Could it be a secret test of a nuclear device gone wrong? What the dickens is it? 
And is a ticker-tape parade really worth putting your life on the line? 

7:32 a.m. -You step out of the jeep, just west of Purgatory. Turning to the driver, you 
ask, "Did the general give you any instructions to wait for me?" 

"Are you kidding?" the edgy private squeaks. "I'm gettin' out of here as fast as I can!" 
The jeep does a 180 and roars off in the direction from whence it came. 



Looking down the road, you can see that you've made the mistake of your life. The air 
seems oppressive as you begin walking toward town. There are no signs of life-you 
should have known better than to get mixed up in this. "Next time I'm leaving the 
phone off the hook," you say aloud, to be answered only by the ominous howl of the 
arid wind. 

Xenos™ is an intriguing and complex adventure. Your mission is to explore 
Purgatory and its surrounding desert, find whatever has left the town deserted, and 
destroy it before it wreaks havoc on anything else. You could become a hero or a 
small pile of ashes. What happens is up to your skill in logic and your ability to make 
use of any equipment you might find. 

Your TRS-800 will help you discover what you need to survive. It will perform 
commands you might give, like TAKE THE SHOVEL or GO NORTH (directional 
commands may be shortened to [N]> \S\, [E], and |W]). You may use commands 
containing more than two words, like PUT JACK ON CAR. Each time you give the 
computer a command, press lENTERl to see what happens next. 

To find out how well your mission is progressing, type [S] [C] EI E and press 
lENTERl . You will be told the percentage of the mission completed so far. If, in the 
excitement of discovery or the heat of pursuit, you forget where you are, you can find 
out by typing [E] \Q\ O [K| and pressing lENTERl . 

Other useful commands are Q] (short for Inventory) to see a list of the equipment you 
currently possess, and [D]|T][A][G][N][0][S][E] to see your physical condition. If 
you're in bad shape, you might want to seek medical attention. Unfortunately, you 
could have a hard time finding a doctor in this part of the world. By the way, it will 
help you to have linguistic talents, as you could encounter a few hieroglyphs to 
decipher. 

By no means should you become so discouraged that you [Q] [D] Q] [T] , unless you are 
going to save the exploration and return to it later. If you stop, you have no chance to 
get that hero's welcome. Who knows? If you keep going, there has to be a way out, 
right? 

You can now start your investigation, and perhaps even wind up world famous, if 
your powers of logic are tuned finely enough. Good luck! 



System Requirements 

To run Xenos, you will need the following equipment: 
Model I 

• A Radio Shack 1 6K Level II TRS-80 Microcomputer 

• A Radio Shack TRS-80 Expansion Interface with 1 6K RAM 

• One TRS-80 Mini-Disk Drive (extra drive optional) 

Model III 

• A Radio Shack 32K TRS-80 Microcomputer with one Disk Drive (extra drive 
optional) 

Backing Up Disks 

The first thing you should do is make a Backup of your Xenos disk. Backups will 
protect you against hardware failure or accidents that could cause the loss of your 
program. Detailed instructions for makings Backups are in Appendix A. 



Loading Instructions 

It is assumed you have reviewed the general operational procedures for your 
equipment as explained in your TRS-80 Owner's Manual and your TRSDOS and Disk 
BASIC Reference Manuals. You should now be familiar with how to power up your 
computer and load your disks. 

Model I 

Insert your Xenos disk in Drive 0. The square notch should be at the top and the label 
to the right. Close the drive door. 

Press the Reset button. The screen will show: 

TRSDOS-DISK OPERATING SYSTEM-VER 2.3 

DOS READY 

Type: [X] E EI O [S] and press lENTERl . In a moment, this message will appear at 
the bottom left of the screen: 

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> XENOS <<<<<<<<<<<<<<< 

STRANGER, BEWARE 

Press any key to start the adventure. 

Model III 

Insert your Xenos disk in Drive (the built-in drive closest to the keyboard). The 
square notch should be at the left and the label to the top. Close the drive door. 

Press the Reset button (the orange button on the keyboard). The Model III TRSDOS 
logo and copyright paragraph will be displayed. At the bottom of the paragraph, you 
are asked to enter the date. Type today's date in the MM/DD/YY format, and press 
lENTERl . Press lENTERl to answer the time question. 

TRSDOS Ready will appear on the screen. Type Kl E EI EI HI and press lENTERl . 
In a moment, the bottom left corner of the screen will show: 

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> XENOS <<<<<<<<<<<<<<< 

STRANGER, BEWARE 

Press any key to start the adventure. 



Saving a Game 

If your investigation is interrupted and you must stop for a while, you can save your 
progress thus far. When you return to the mission, you'll start off where you quit, with 
all the equipment you've collected intact. 

To save an investigation, type: [S] E] EI E and press lENTERl . A message will be 
displayed: SAVE DISK IS IN WHICH DRIVE <0-3>? If you are using only one 
disk drive, save the game on your Xenos disk by pressing [0] (you do not have to 
press Enter). You can either continue playing or exit the game to TRSDOS by typing 
[Ql [01 HI m and pressing [ENTERl . 

If you are using a computer with more than one disk drive, you can save the game on 
a formatted disk in any drive. (Instructions for formatting a data diskette are in 
Appendix B.) With your Xenos disk in Drive 0, place the formatted disk in Drive 1 
(for example), type [S] [A) EI E , and press lENTERl . 

A message will ask: SAVE DISK IS IN WHICH DRIVE <0-3>? Press the number 
of the disk drive in which your formatted disk resides (for our example, |T|). Continue 
playing, or exit the game by typing [Q] |UJ II HI and pressing lENTERl . 



Returning to a Previous Game 

You can return to a game stored on disk as easily as you saved it, even if you have 
been killed. Load Xenos and get ready to play. For your first command in the 
adventure, type: [Q \0\ \R \D\ and press IENTERI . A message will ask: SAVE DISK 
IS IN WHICH DRIVE <0-3>? 

If you are using only one drive, press |0). If you are using extra drives, place the disk 
containing your saved game in Drive 1 (for example), and press LT] (or the number for 
the drive in which your data disk resides). 

In a moment, you will see the location at which you left off. All the equipment you 
previously collected will still be with you, and you can continue your investigation. 

Helpful Hints 

Since Xenos is such a complicated adventure, not all clues and objects you'll need are 
obvious. For instance, to find the place where a useful explosive is waiting, you must 

The Anomaly is particularly intriguing-although you might begin to think you've 
come upon an impossible situation, it's not hopeless! There is a way out, if you use 
logic and see the pattern developing. 

If you make it to the spaceship (your ultimate goal), you'll soon discover that 
directional commands are of little use. You must [E] [N] LT] [E] [R] rooms (or holes in 
the wall) and proceed with caution. Once again, look for patterns developing, and 
you'll have the mystery unraveled! 



Appendix A - How to Backup a Diskette 

Model I Single Drive Systems 

The Backup copy diskette must be formatted before being used. Use this procedure 
exactly: 

1 . Turn on your system. If you are not familiar with the equipment, please refer to 
your Disk Owner's Manual for System Start Up (Power Up Sequence). 

2. Insert a TRSDOS diskette containing the Format utility in Drive and close the 
drive door. (The program diskette does not contain the Format utility.) 

3. Press the Reset button. 

The screen will shows: You type: 

DOS READY \E \Q\ M M \E HI and press IENTERI 

WHICH DRIVE IS TO BE USED? 1 and press IENTERI 

DISKETTE NAME? [T] [R] [S] \D\ \Q\ \S\ and press IENTERI 

CREATION DATE (MM/DD/YY)? ![l]0|I[rj0[8][2]and press 

IENTERI (example for January 1, 1982) 

MASTER PASSWORD? E|A][U[S][W][0][R][D]and press 

IENTERI 

Remove the TRSDOS diskette from Drive 0. Insert a blank diskette and close the 
drive door. 

The screen will shows: You type: 

DO YOU WNAT TO LOCK OUT ANY 

TRACKS? Q\0 and press IENTERI . 

After the diskette is formatted, the screen will show: 

HIT 'ENTER TO CONTINUE 

Remove the formatted diskette. Insert a TRSDOS diskette with a Backup utility in 
Drive and close the drive door. Press IENTERI . 



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The screen will shows: 

DOS READY 

SOURCE DRIVE NUMBER? 
DESTINATION DRIVE NUMBER? 
BACKUP DATE (MM/DD/YY)? 



You type: 

HE OKI PIE and press IENTERI 

1 and press [ENTER] 

1 and press fENTERl 

jjflgjEHjj l 0] 1 and press 
IENTERI (example for January 1, 1982) 



You will be told to insert your "Source" diskette. The Xenos Program diskette is your 
Source diskette. Insert your Xenos disk in Drive and continue with the instructions. 
The program will tell you to insert the "Destination" diskette. This is the blank 
diskette you just formatted. The program will instruct you as to when to exchange 
diskettes. After the Backup is completed, the screen will show: 

HIT "ENTER TO CONTINUE 



Now you can check to see if the "Backup" procedure was successful. Press IENTERI . 
If the screen shows: DOS READY, your Backup was successful. 



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Model I Multi-Drive Systems 

Use this procedure exactly: 

1 . Turn on your system. If you are not familiar with the equipment, please refer to 
your Disk Owner's Manual for System Start Up (Power Up Sequence). 

2. Insert a new, blank diskette in Drive 1 and close the drive door. 

3. Insert a TRSDOS diskette with a backup utility in Drive and close the drive 
door. 



4. Press the Reset button. 

The screen will shows: 

DOS READY 

SOURCE DRIVE NUMBER? 

DESTINATION DRIVE NUMBER? 



You type: 

[HAIOHEOE and press IENTERI 
1 and press [ENTER] 
1 and press [ENTER] 



Insert your Xenos disk in Drive and continue with instructions. 



The screen will shows: 

BACKUP DATE (MM/DD/YY)? 

HIT 'ENTER TO CONTINUE 



You type: 

gHjEHg l OD 1 GD and press 
IENTERI (example for January 1, 1982) 



Press IENTERI and you will be returned 
to DOS READY. 



Now you can check to see if the "Backup" procedure was successful: 

1 . Remove the original diskette from Drive 0. 

2. Take the Backup diskette out of Drive 1. Place the Backup copy in Drive and 
close the door. 

3. Press the Reset button. If the screen shows: DOS READY, your Backup was 
successful. 



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Model III Single Drive Systems 

Follow this procedure exactly: 

1 . Turn on your system. If you are not familiar with the equipment, please refer to 
your Disk Owner's Manual for System Start Up (Power Up Sequence). 

2. Insert the diskette you wish to copy in Drive and close the drive door. 

3. Press the orange Reset button. 

The screen will shows: You type: 

Enter Date (MM/DD/YY)? Ml EH Q] H and press 

IENTERI (example for January 1, 1982) 

Enter Time (HH:MM:SS)? Press IENTERI 

TRSDOS Ready IB jgj jgj jgj E D D] 1 D L J 1 and 

press IENTERI 

SOURCE Disk Master Password? |B|A|ISllSllW|ISl[R||Dland press 

IENTERI 

You will be asked to insert the Source disk (your Xenos disk) in Drive and press 
IENTERI . Since it already resides in Drive simply press IENTERI . 

In a moment, you will be asked to insert your Destination disk in Drive and press 
IENTERI . Remove the Source disk from Drive and insert a new, blank diskette (or 
one you wish to re-use). If you are using a new disk, the system will Format the disk 
for you. If you are re-using an old disk, one or two additional questions may appear, 
depending on the previous contents of the disk. You may see: 

Diskette contains DATA. Use Disk or not? 

or 

Do you wish to RE-FORMAT the diskette? 

If the questions appear, type and press IENTERI for each question. 

After the Destination disk is formatted, you will be asked to insert the Source disk or 
Destination disk alternately in Drive and press IENTERI the program will bring in 
information from the Source disk, then transfer it to the Destination disk. 



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When the Backup procedure has been completed, the screen will show: 

** Backup Complete ** 

Now you can check to see if the "Backup" procedure was successful with the 
Destination disk in Drive 0, press the Reset button. If the screen shows: TRSDOS 
Ready, your Backup was successful. 



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Model III Multi-Drive Systems 

Use this procedure exactly: 

1 . Turn on your system. If you are not familiar with the equipment, please refer to 
your Disk Owner's Manual for System Start Up (Power Up Sequence). 

2. Insert a new, blank diskette in Drive 1 and close the drive door. 

3. Insert the diskette you wish to copy in Drive and close the drive door. 

4. Press the orange Reset button. 

The screen will shows: You type: 

Enter Date (MM/DD/YY)? IgHZHg Q] M [2] and press 

IENTERI (example for January 1, 1982) 

Enter Time (HH:MM:SS)? Press IENTERI 

TRSDOS Ready M\R O E \U\ \P\ D p] 1 D p] 1 and 

press IENTERI 

SOURCE Disk Master Password? |iil M M M \D\ and press 

IENTERI 

Note: if you are using a new disk, the system will format the disk for you. 

You will be asked to insert the Source disk (your Xenos disk) in Drive and press 
IENTERI . Since it already resides in Drive simply press IENTERI . 

If you are re-using an old disk, one or two additional questions may appear, depending 
on the previous contents of the disk. You may see: 

Diskette contains DATA. Use Disk or not? 

or 

Do you wish to RE-FORMAT the diskette? 

If the questions appear, type [Y] and press IENTERI for each question. When the 
Backup procedure has been completed, the screen will show: 

** Backup Complete ** 

Now you can check to see if the "Backup" procedure was successful: 

1 . Remove the original diskette from Drive 0. 

2. Take the Backup diskette out of Drive 1. Place the Backup copy in Drive and 
close the door. 

3. Press the Reset button. If the screen shows: DOS READY, your Backup was 
successful. 



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Appendix B - How to Format a 


Data Diskette 




Model I Multi-Drive Systems 






This process prepares blank diskettes for use on the disk system. All data diskettes 
must be formatted before being used. Here's how to do it: 




1 . Insert a TRSDOS diskette containing the Format utility in Drive and close the 
drive door. 




2. Insert a new, blank diskette in Drive 1 and close the drive door. 




3. Press the Reset button. 






The screen will shows: 


You type: 




DOS READY 


IFIIOIIRIIMIIAIITI and press IENTERI 




WHICH DRIVE IS TO BE USED? 


111 and press IENTERI 




DISKETTE NAME? 


IDIIAIITIIAII8II2I and press IENTERI 




CREATION DATE (MM/DD/YY)? 


1 Q] 01 CD 131 El and press 






IENTERI (example for Januarv 1. 1982) 




MASTER PASSWORD? 


E|A][S][S][W][0][R][D] and press 






IENTERI 




DO YOU WNAT TO LOCK OUT ANY 






TRACKS? 


INI and press IENTERI. 




HIT 'ENTER' TO CONTINUE 


press IENTERI. 




After the disk is formatted, you will return to DOS READY. Remove the formatted 
disk from Drive 1 , and mark the disk with the name you've chosen. Always use a 
felt-tip marking pen. Pencils and ball point pens can damage the disk surface. 








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Model III Single Drive Systems 

This process prepares blank diskettes for use on the disk system. All data diskettes 
must be formatted before being used. Here's how you do it: 

1. Insert a diskette containing TRSDOS in Drive and close the drive door. (The 
Program diskette in this package contains TRSDOS.) 

2. Press the Reset button. When TRSDOS Ready is displayed, type 
[^[QlfRlfMllAim and press lENTERI . 

3. Remove the TRSDOS diskette (the program diskette) from Drive 0, and insert a 
new, blank diskette in Drive 0. Close the drive door. 

The screen will shows: You type: 

Format Which Drive? H and press lENTERI 

Diskette Name? \D\ \E [T] \E M H and press lENTERI 

Master Password? EE][S][S][W][0][R][D]and press 

lENTERI 

If you are re-using an old disk, the computer may show: DISKETTE contains 
DATA. Use Disk or not? If this question appears, type [Y] and press lENTERI . The 
computer will start formatting the disk in Drive 0. 

After the disk is formatted, The screen will display: 

Insert SYSTEM Disk 

Take the newly formatted diskette out of Drive 0, and insert the TRSDOS diskette 
(Program diskette). Mark the new diskette with the name you've chosen. Always use a 
felt-tip marking pen. Pencils and ball point pens can damage the disk surface. 



Model III Multi-Drive Systems 

This process prepares blank diskettes for use on the disk system. All data diskettes 
must be formatted before being used. Here's how you do it: 

1. Insert a diskette containing TRSDOS in Drive and close the drive door. (The 
Program diskette in this package contains TRSDOS.) 

2. Insert a new, blank diskette in Drive 1 and close the drive door. 

3. Do the following exactly as shown: 

The screen will shows: You type: 

TRSDOS Ready El G3 El M \E H and press 

IENTERI . 

Format Which Drive? Q] and press IENTERI 

Diskette Name? Q2 \E CD EI M E] and press IENTERI 

Master Password? |iil M M M \D\ and press 

IENTERI 

If you are re-using an old disk, the computer may show: DISKETTE contains 
DATA. Use Disk or not? If this question appears, type [Y] and press IENTERI . The 
computer will start formatting the disk in Drive 1 . 

After the disk is formatted, you will return to TRSDOS Ready. Remove the formatted 
disk from Drive 1 , and mark the disk with the name you've chosen. Always use a 
felt-tip marking pen. Pencils and ball point pens can damage the disk surface. 



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ALL RADIO SHACK COMPUTER PROGRAMS ARE LICENSED ON AN "AS IS" 
BASIS WITHOUT WARRANTY. 

Radio Shack shall have no liability or responsibility to customer or any other 
person or entity with respect to any liability, loss or damage caused or alleged to 
be caused directly or indirectly by computer equipment or programs sold by 
Radio Shack, including but not limited to any interruption of service, loss of 
business or anticipatory profits or consequential damages resulting from the use 
or operation of such computer or computer programs. 

This Warranty gives the original purchaser specific legal rights, and the original 
purchaser may have other rights which very from state to state. 

RADIO SHACK SOFTWARE LICENSE 

A. Radio Shack grants to CUSTOMER a non-exclusive, paid up license to use 
on CUSTOMER'S computer the Radio Shack computer software received. Title 
to the media on which the software is recorded (cassette and/or disk) or stored 
(ROM) is transferred to the CUSTOMER, but not title to the software. 

B. In consideration for this license. CUSTOMER shall not reproduce copies of 
Radio Shack software except to reproduce the number of copies required for use 
on CUSTOMER'S computer (if the software allows a backup copy to be made), 
and shall include Radio Shack's copyright notice on all copies of software 
reproduced in whole or in part. 

C. CUSTOMER may resell Radio Shack's system and applications software 
(modified or not, in whole or in part), provided CUSTOMER has purchased one 
copy of the software for each one resold. The provisions of this software License 
(paragraphs A, B, and C) shall also be applicable to third parties purchasing 
such software from CUSTOMER. 



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